The open Women's and Men's squads from Run N Fun could gain a nearly unbreakable grip on the 2007 USATF - Minnesota Team Circuit crowns with victories in Sunday's MDRA Minnesota 15K, the Minnesota State Championship at the distance.
The RNF women currently lead GEAR by five points -- 50-45; the RNF men lead GEAR by three points -- 95-92 -- with two events remaining.
The year-long circuit ends with the City of Lakes 25K on September 9.
Points in the remaining events are awarded "by twos," with the top team earning two points more than the second-place team and the second-place team scoring two more than the third-place team and so on.
The defending champion RNF women are already safe from seasonal defeat by GEAR even if GEAR wins the next two events -- as long as no other team slides in-between them in the results in either event.
A win at the MDRA 15K would all-but seal the season-long title for RNF.
The RNF men could find themselves in a comfortable position with a win on Sunday -- they'd then lead by five points with a race to run -- or face a do or die finale with GEAR at the City of Lakes 25K with a defeat this weekend.
Final circuit results from the Rice Street Mile -- where, in keeping with the neck-and-neck battle they've waged all season, the RNF and GEAR men ran to a tie broken in RNF's favor by their 6th runner -- can be found HERE.
Current standings for the circuit are HERE.